What is the best winter quilt on the Market?
Every few days a customer will ask my opinion on which is the best quilt for the winter months. They have one goal in mind—they are looking for a quilt that is warm, easy to clean, not to heavy or not to light and in their price bracket. Considering how cold it has become over the past few weeks it is not unusual that this is our current hot topic and it’s a great one to answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most relevant quilts and show you the efficiency of each for warmth.
We have some of the most beautiful bedding in Australia and choice can sometimes become hard with so many options but the most popular quilts are:
Wool: . Wool works for you adjusting your temperature naturally by absorbing excess moisture away from your body so you remain at a comfortable and more even temperature throughout the night. I find it can be a little too heavy for me but some people like this feeling to think warm and snugly. Prices do vary but this can be a very affordable and long lasting quilt.
Feather and Down:
The best down comes from larger, more mature birds. When age and maturity are equal, goose down is better than duck down as it is a much larger bird. The mature down has an extraordinarily high warmth-to-weight ratio. A quilt or sleeping bag filled with this down will be very light and incredibly warm and it will last for decades. Probably the most expensive on the market but a high quality quilt will be long lasting. Here in Australia we mainly have a mix of the two and people who like the light feel will enjoy this quilt. The cons are the down moving during the night leaving you with cold spots.
Alpaca and Alpaca/Bamboo: This is a newer quilt on the market and well suited to our climate as it will also wick moisture away from the body and leave you with an all over warmth and no cold spots as the inner fleece is held in place with internal stitching not the outer “square” stitch. Quilt s can be heavier with the filling and a summer and winter weight can be joined together for those who feel the cold and like a weightier quilt. Well priced easily stored for both season.
Mulberry Silk: I am biased as this is my favourite quilt and I have found over the years I enjoy the more light weight option and the smooth lines of a flat quilt. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer and has no cold spots or movement of fibre. If you do feel the cold another quilt can be added making it a very seasonable quilt. Again a quality quilt that will last for a number of years and adapts well as we get older and like a lightweight option.
Happy quilt shopping!
Let’s go shopping for some new sheets.
Bamboo, cotton, silk or modal. Linen, percale, sateen or hemp.
Now thread count is important everyone says, so do we go for 200 or 300, 400 or 600, 800 or 1000?
Are your eyes glazing over and your mind shutting down because everyone has given you their spiel on what is best in the sheeting arena?
Well you are not alone and over the past ten years the words “thread count” have a lot to answer for!
Let’s go back to basics and see if we can make this easy for you.
Thread count is simply the number of threads per square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together.
When looking for higher thread counts, sometimes 2 ply yarns are used and multiple yarns are inserted into the weft. The best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single weft and warp; but the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 400. Above that, 2 ply yarns and/or multi-picks must be used.
The talk about "single ply" over the past few years, was a reaction to customers feeling cheated by the concept of 2 ply. This is where a 300 thread count sheet made with 2 ply yarns could be called a 600 thread count.
In a quality product, the comfort value of thread counts over 300 is very little. A 300 thread count can feel far superior to a 1000 thread count depending on the fabric.
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing people to capture interest and impress with high numbers. A soft, silky feel sheet will be a single ply where a heavier more dense sheet which takes longer to dry and needs ironing is a double ply.
My view is touch, feel and think about the type of sleeper you are and the materials you like.
Do you like to snuggle under flannel sheets in winter which will feel soft and warm? If so a 300 or 400 thread count is perfect for both durability and softness.
In summer do you like to wake feeling dry and sleep on cool crisp sheets? Then pure cotton will suit you well as it is easy to wash, dries quickly and can be purchased in a thread count of 300 to 600.
My favourites are of course a bamboo/cotton mix as they need no ironing, are perfect in summer or winter, a 400 thread count is soft and durable, and drying time is minimal.
My last point is if it seems too good to be true when grabbing a special it usually is!
Hopefully I have made your next sheet purchase easier and with a little less stress.
At EcoSleep we like you to love the environment you sleep in wherever you are!
Today I was asked a simple question by a complete stranger as to what I did.
For a moment I thought of all my marketing material and what my brochure says and then I replied, “I design bed linen to help you sleep better at night.”
He looked at me for a moment and then started asking how I could help him and why did people have trouble sleeping.
To me it was like a true revelation that what I had designed was truly about this and I had missed the point of why I talk to people.
I asked him how he slept, Was he cold at night? Did he get tangled in the sheets? Who made the bed in the morning? on and on went the list.
Now I knew what he was after and how I could help him the conversation turned to what I do, how my product could help and why.
There were no glazed eyes or foot tapping we had connected and it was exciting to find we had a common goal, to help him get a good nights sleep.
My moment of truth had arrived and I had grasped it and happily asked my customer what he wanted and what his issues were that he currently had no solution to.
I had finally realised I didn't need to sell my product, I needed to solve my customers problems and that my friend would lead to a sale and a very happy person looking forward to a good nights sleep.
Pillow talk is defined as the relaxed, conversation that often occurs in bed at night. It is associated with honesty and bonding so please feel free to sit back and enjoy a read about your pillow choice even if you are not in bed!
We often assume that the key to a good night's sleep is a good mattress, but did you know the pillow you rest your head on is just as crucial?
We've all woken up with a crick in the neck feeling tired and groggy, and that has everything to do with your pillow(s)!
I have just had the job of shopping around for a new pillow as mine was fairly deflated and I realised how much there was too learn. As a designer of bed linen of thought I was pretty up to date but even for me it was a minefield so I hope my tips help.
The correct pillow for you should comfortably provide support for your head and your neck, and it shouldn't deflate or lose its fluffiness quickly.
There are now 11 different materials to fill a pillow, there is Firm, Medium or Soft density. A profile ranges from Specialty, Contour, High, Medium or Low and the sizes can vary from standard to European to Baby. Body or U Shape.
Here to help are a few basic notes to keep an eye out for when you're in the market for a new one or simply looking to switch out your old ones.
Know your pillow fill.
The most common fills for pillows are down feathers, synthetic/polyester fibres, Latex, or Wool. Natural goose down feather pillows are long-lasting and excellent in terms of comfort, so that's what many of us go for even though they can be a bit pricey. A more cost-friendly option would be synthetic/polyester fibre pillows, which are generally hypoallergenic, feels like down and are machine washable.
For firmer support, spongy memory foam and Latex pillows are a great alternative and my personal favourite
A fluffier a pillow provides better cushioning, can be cuddled into place and is longer lasting. A fluffy pillow also means that fresh air is still able to travel through it. Contrastingly, a lifeless one that's deflated and flat signifies that the pillow can no longer trap air, rendering it not ideal for giving comfortable support. To test fluffiness, fold a pillow in half and see if it unfolds on its own or give it a big hug and see if it fluffs back up. If not, you might have to look for a new pillow.
Sleeping position matters. Finally, how you position yourself in bed can really determine the type of pillow you'll need. A medium density and profile pillow will suit most back sleepers so make sure you get a fluffier pillow that lifts your head and chin, which can help with breathing and snoring.
As a rule if you sleep on your stomach, a soft density or low profile pillow will be the most suitable. and a firm and high pillow gives complete support for those that sleep on their side. A contoured pillow can be good for those who require more neck support as it moulds into the contour of your neck.
Like with everything a pillow is a personal choice and we all have our favourites so happy shopping next time you hunt for that perfect pillow to aid a great nights sleep.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.